Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project
Abstract: This thesis-project explores the challenges pastors might face in shepherding a program-driven church in how to reach out to the community outside of the four walls of the church building. This thesis evaluates Jesus’ method of outreach and discipleship, and seeks to find ways to apply His methodology. This work explores various small group models throughout history and in today’s contemporary Western context. I have interviewed four pastors who have successfully shepherded churches through recontexualization from attractional-events and programs to become missionally minded and cell-driven. In the end I have mapped out a strategy for how pastors can lead their churches through this transition.